LG KP500 Cookie review


An iPhone-like smartphone ?

LG is a world-renowned company that manufactures an array of electronics products. Their new phone, the LG KP500 Cookie, was released 3 years ago. It claims to be a great gadget for people who want to buy an iPhone-like device at a good price. Does it rise up to expectations? We tested the phone and here is our review.

Touch sensitive display

The LG KP500 has the usual tablet style body with a simple design. With measurements such as 4.2″ x 2.2″ x 5″ and a weight of 89g, this phone is one of the slimmest and thinnest ones out there. The front is glossy black around the 3″ screen and the rest of the gadget is made of soft-touch plastic. The display is a touch sensitive one and sports a resolution of 240 x 400 pixels and 256.000 colors. When we verified the phone for this review we were delighted to see that its screen could be easily viewed in direct sunlight. The back comes with the same finish and houses a 3.0-megapixel camera. LG-KP500-Cookie

Some small problems

These both parts are separated by a metallic silver band. The soft-touch finish helps the product remain free of fingerprints. A mic pinhole is placed on the bottom. Under the screen sit the following buttons: Call, Send, End, and favorite/running apps. Finally, the right side comes with a screen lock button, a microSD slot and a camera shutter key; the left side of the phone boasts the volume button along with a headset/data/charging multi-port. What we found frustrating at KP500 Cookie was the fact that we had to press several times on the side of the product so that we could unlock the screen.

Disappointing software

The device also comes with an extendable 76mm stylus that is rarely useful. The modern and polished interface was simple and thus easy to navigate. The menu was also very accessible and intuitive with its helpful tabs. The menu of LG KP500 has two home screens and users can smoothly switch between them; one of them has contact shortcuts and the other features various widgets. We found we could customize the main menu; all we had to do was choose from the scrolling and tabbed options. The camera shutter key will launch the camera from the home screen if users will press and hold the button. The software was, unfortunately, disappointing; it had the annoying habit of freezing and turning off and, in order to change matters, we had to remove the battery and start the phone again.

Bluetooth A2DP included

The LG KP500 Cookie has the basic features and some extra ones. Speed dialing, phonebook (for phone numbers and e-mail addresses), memo, birthday, home addresses, ringtones, vibrate mode and messaging are the basic ones. The gadget also provides support for e-mail accounts such as POP3 and IMAP, but no IM, no Wi-Fi and no voice dialing. There’s Bluetooth A2DP, though; during our test, this feature easily transferred files and connected both Bluetooth handsfree kits and stereo headsets. The included USB cable made it possible to connect the device to our PC.

QWERTY keyboard

Composing a message was a piece of cake thanks to the QWERTY keyboard. Unfortunately, the T9 dictionary option was disappointing and things got worse once we started to write an e-mail.
The 3.0-megapixel camera didn’t allow for close-ups and low-light photos. On the plus side, the pictures we snapped in ideal light were pretty good: they were sharp and had nice colors. The image quality for videos, on the other side, wasn’t that great and video playback was very jerky.

Medium sound quality

The browser took a while to load pages, but once they were fully loaded, they were displayed correctly. The phone comes with an MP3 player which can sync with Windows Media Player 10 or 11. Sound quality wasn’t impressive and the included headphones were no good (although they came with a microphone for making and receiving calls handsfree). The LG KP500 Cookie has some preinstalled games, a document and PDF viewer, voice recording and so on.
Call quality was pretty good, as was the speakerphone. The device didn’t drop calls and it offered 3.5 hours of talk time.

Review conclusion

After the test performed for this review we can conclude that the LG KP500 Cookie smartphone is a good choice if this is your first phone and your money are not enough for another device.

Technical specifications

Weight in Grams86
Resolution Width in Pixel2048
Resolution Height in Pixel1536
Vertical Resolution400
Horizontal Resolution240
Integrated cameraYes
Optical Zoom0
Digital zoom4
Operating SystemSystem Owner
Type of ContractExcluding Pack (Phone Only)
Height in mm106.5
Width in mm55.4
Depth in mm11.9
Integrated TV TunerNot
Integrated RadioWaves FM
Number of Display Colours262,144 Colors
Any Key StallNot
TechnologyGSM / PCN (2G)
Keyboard / TouchscreenVirtual Keyboard touchscreen
E-Mail FunctionYes
Instant MessagingNot
Memory Card ReaderYes
MP3 PlayerYes
Talk Time (H)4
Standby time (in days)4.17
Customer VideoN / C
Number of Screens1
Push (Email and Multimedia Content)Not
Display TechnologyTFT
Ringtones MP3 or WMAYes
Video resolution in pixels320 x 240 (QVGA)
Compatible with NFCNot
Double Sim CardNot
Specific Absorption Rate in W / kg (DAS / NAS)0.59